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Fiesole: A Peek into Florence

Fiesole: A Peek into Florence

Florence—architectural empress, city of beauty, city of love. Florence—city of body jams, packed piazzas, and tourist traps. The hoards of keen tourists can be exhausting and if you’re like me, you just want a little patch of peace from time to time to re-sharpen your explorer senses. Enter Fiesole, a charming village on Florence’s doorstep. » Read more

Florence Tip: Bardini Museum re-opens!

The vibrant city of Florence, chock full of some of the most world-renowned Renaissance art and architecture, is always surprising us. This week, we were happy to learn that the Bardini Museum, which kept its doors shut for renovations for nearly a decade, has finally reopened. A little bit of history The museum is named » Read more

Florence Tip: Free Duomo tours

Florence Tip: Free Duomo tours

One of our favorite must-sees in Florence is the Duomo, or the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (sometimes known as Florence Cathedral). And, lucky for us Cheapos, it’s free to enter the main sanctuary daily. Duomo do! But, get this. Did you know that every 40 minutes Florence’s Center for Art and Culture also » Read more

Florence cheap souvenir: Fashionable outdoor markets

Florence cheap souvenir: Fashionable outdoor markets

Florence is a hot spot for fashion, but that doesn’t mean tourists have to pay high prices for ready-to-wear souvenirs. In fact, quality clothing and accessories can be found for only a few euros at a number of outdoor markets in Florence. Fashion in the streets of Firenze The outdoor Mercato Nuovo, the “Straw Market,” buzzes daily beneath » Read more

Florence: Piazza Michelangelo offers great city views

Florence: Piazza Michelangelo offers great city views

On the South bank of the Arno River, up a majestic hill and down a winding, cobblestone path known as the Viale Michelangelo, you will find the Piazza Michelangelo (sometimes referred to as Piazzale Michelangelo). The piazza was constructed in the 1890s, beautifully landscaped and lined with copies of Michelangelo’s sculptures. Today, look past the street vendors » Read more

Florence: Americans save 10% on hotels, food throughout 2008

Florence: Americans save 10% on hotels, food throughout 2008

The Florence tourism office this month launched a Cheapo-friendly initiative to give Americans visiting Florence a 10% discount on hotels, restaurants, and museums in the city. The program, named the “Fiorino Effect” after the Florentine coin once used throughout Europe, is an attempt by the city to attract the attention — and business — of American tourists spooked by the weakened dollar » Read more

Florence: A visit with Michelangelo

Florence: A visit with Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti was born outside of Florence in 1475.  Though he spent much of his life working in Rome, he loved Florence and considered it his home.  Many of his greatest works still reside in Florence, and Florentines are exceedingly proud of their native son. Although visiting the city can get pricey, many of Michelangelo’s treasures can be experienced cheaply, » Read more

Checking in: Hotel Dali, Florence

Checking in: Hotel Dali, Florence

Hotel Dali Via Dell Oriuolo, 17 (near the Duomo) The Hotel Dali has been one of our favorite hotels in Florence since we created our Florence hotel guide in 2001. For the first in our “Checking In” series, we’re posing some questions to the owners of the Dali, Marco, 42 and his wife Samanta, 38 (pictured above). » Read more

Florence: Renting a scooter (should you do it?)

Florence: Renting a scooter (should you do it?)

Ah, Florence, Renaissance city of artistic treasures, architectural icons, and mouth-watering delicacies. And throngs of tourists. And locals zipping up and down tiny streets on scooters and motorcycles. If you’re an adventurous traveler, you might consider seeing the city like a local — on a cute little euro-scooter. But should you? Pros Renting a scooter in Florence makes » Read more

Florence: Book museum tickets online, skip the line!

Florence: Book museum tickets online, skip the line!

If you’ve ever visited the fabulous Uffizi museum in Florence, you probably know that your first hour (or two) there can often be spent waiting in a long, slow ticket line. And, that’s if you’re lucky. After all, the museum puts a daily cap on total entrants, so if you arrive on really busy days or after » Read more

Florence: Cheap Sipping and Supping at I Fratellini

Florence: Cheap Sipping and Supping at I Fratellini

Photo by Bootsintheoven.com Florentines love their Viniai, and consider them among the city’s most authentic and beloved spots for a bite. And man, are these wine bars cheap! Though viniai are technically wine vendors, they’ve adapted to changing times and appetites, including the sandwich and snack craze. These days, a couple of Euros gets you a glass » Read more

Florence: Cheap places for lunch

Florence: Cheap places for lunch

Photo or at the very least something requiring a fork—lunch is the way to go. Loads of restaurants knock down prices to as little as €5 for a plate of pasta, and around €6 or €7 for meat and fish dishes. Fiaschetteria-Trattoria Mario (Via Rosina, 2r. Tel. 055218550) is only open for lunch. Go early » Read more

Florence: Cheap Cocktails with Style

Florence: Cheap Cocktails with Style

Photo by ale2000 From the team that brought Florence Angels, the perennially hip bar and restaurant, comes Doris, a slick black and chrome nightclub that opened last week and already has the lovelies lined up around the block. While after-dinner cocktails could run you into the double digits, the 7-10 PM aperitivo costs only €7 and includes the bar’s massive, fresh » Read more

Florence: The World’s Most Beautiful Pharmacy

Florence: The World’s Most Beautiful Pharmacy

Photograph by angelocesare How many pharmacies can claim frescoed ceilings and whispering shoppers? Only the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella in the former chapel belonging to the Dominican monastery of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. Since the 15th century, this herbalist and pharmacy has collected a faithful following of jet setters and average Florentines » Read more